#WCW - Meet Courtney Blakely, RN-BSN


Meet Courtney Blakely, RN-BSN. She is currently a Neuroscience ICU nurse. As well as being a nurse, she is also a pageant girl and was featured on Hooter's recent calendar. She is also the founder of "Spark Your Magic", which is a youth outreach program. You can follow her on Instagram at (@courtney_blakley), and you can stay up to date with "Spark Your Magic" on Instagram as well as at @Spark_Your_Magic



What motivated you to become a Nurse versus other careers in the medical field?

I was introduced to the field of nursing at a very young age, being that several of my family members work in the field. When I got older I began to fall in love with it based on the experiences I got from my own clinic/hospital visits. As a patient, I saw the nurses the most and talked to them the most. The nurses made the biggest impression on me. I’m a very social person. I enjoy meeting new people, learning new things from them, networking, etc. This is what appealed to me the most about nursing because they’re with the patients around the clock and can afford to spend more time with them.

What advantages do you think nurses have over other roles in the medical field such as PA, NP, MD/DO, etc.?

Time. Nurses are with the patients around the clock. If there’s a change in their status, the nurse is the first one there to pick up on it. This also goes into play with building a trusting relationship with patients.

What were some of the biggest obstacles while you were in nursing school, and how did you overcome them?

Before nursing school I was juggling a million and one things, and managing every single one of them with ease. It was a huge shock getting into my program and realizing I couldn’t do it all anymore. I had to have a “Come to Jesus” moment with myself. I asked myself what was more important, all of these extracurricular activities that would be there after college, or finishing my program successfully? I literally had to cut everything and focus solely on school – but it was worth it. Those sacrifices are only temporary.


What advice would you give students that are looking to pursue a career in nursing?

Job shadow and build a good support system. I think it’s extremely important to know what you’re getting into before you do it. Shadowing is great because you can decide if this is really your passion. A support system is also vital. You need to be surrounded by people that are understanding that school is stressful and you may not be able to join in on all of the girl’s/guy’s night outs for a while.

How are you preparing for the NCLEX? What tips do you give your fellow nurses who are currently studying for the exam as well?

My nursing program provided us with a course after we graduated but I think it’s so important to be proactive and do things on your own as well. I enrolled in a Kaplan course which teaches test taking skills and provides a huge question bank, videos, etc. I also purchased Uworld (another huge question and rationale bank). If you’re currently studying my biggest piece of advice is make a schedule! Once you graduate it’s easy to fall into the “I’m done with school, I’m in celebration mode & don’t have to study” trap. Writing out a schedule has been a great way to make sure I hold myself accountable and study daily.

What are your aspirations for the future? Do you think you are going to go back to school to become a Nurse Practitioner?

I literally love learning. I just graduated, but I can’t wait to go back to school (I’m crazy, I know). I would love to attend a dual credit Midwife/Nurse practitioner program. Women’s health is my thing.

What advice would you give minorities that are wanting to break into the medical field?


Do not be intimidated, and let your intelligence speak for you.

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